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foster

FOS'TER, v.t.

1. To feed; to nourish; to support; to being up.

Some say that ravens foster forlorn children.

2. To cherish; to forward; to promote growth. The genial warmth of spring fosters the plants.

3. To cherish; to encourage; to sustain and promote; as, to foster passion or genius.

FOS'TER, v.i. To be nourished or trained up together.




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FOS'TER, v.t.

1. To feed; to nourish; to support; to being up.

Some say that ravens foster forlorn children.

2. To cherish; to forward; to promote growth. The genial warmth of spring fosters the plants.

3. To cherish; to encourage; to sustain and promote; as, to foster passion or genius.

FOS'TER, v.i. To be nourished or trained up together.


FOS'TER, v.i.

To be nourished or trained up together. Spenser.


FOS'TER, v.t. [Sax. fostrian, from foster, a nurse or food; Sw. and Dan. foster, a child, one fed; Dan. fostrer, to nurse. I suspect this word to be from food, quasi, foodster, for this is the D. word, voedster, a nurse, from voeden, to feed; D. voedsterheer, a foster-father.]

  1. To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up. Some say that ravens foster forlorn children. Shak.
  2. To cherish; to forward; to promote growth. The genial warmth of spring fosters the plants.
  3. To cherish; to encourage; to sustain and promote; as, to foster passion or genius.

Fos"ter
  1. To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up.

    Some say that ravens foster forlorn children. Shak.

  2. To be nourished or trained up together.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  3. Relating to nourishment; affording, receiving, or sharing nourishment or nurture; -- applied to father, mother, child, brother, etc., to indicate that the person so called stands in the relation of parent, child, brother, etc., as regards sustenance and nurture, but not by tie of blood.

    Foster babe, or child, an infant of child nursed by a woman not its mother, or bred by a man not its father. -- Foster brother, Foster sister, one who is, or has been, nursed at the same breast, or brought up by the same nurse as another, but is not of the same parentage. -- Foster dam, one who takes the place of a mother; a nurse. Dryden. -- Foster earth, earth by which a plant is nourished, though not its native soil. J. Philips. -- Foster father, a man who takes the place of a father in caring for a child. Bacon. -- Foster land. (a) Land allotted for the maintenance of any one. [Obs.] (b) One's adopted country. -- Foster lean [foster + AS. læn a loan See Loan.], remuneration fixed for the rearing of a foster child; also, the jointure of a wife. [Obs.] Wharton. -- Foster mother, a woman who takes a mother's place in the nurture and care of a child; a nurse. -- Foster nurse, a nurse; a nourisher. [R.] Shak. -- Foster parent, a foster mother or foster father. -- Foster son, a male foster child.

  4. A forester.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  5. To cherish; to promote the growth of; to encourage; to sustain and promote; as, to foster genius.
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Foster

FOS'TER, verb transitive

1. To feed; to nourish; to support; to being up.

Some say that ravens foster forlorn children.

2. To cherish; to forward; to promote growth. The genial warmth of spring fosters the plants.

3. To cherish; to encourage; to sustain and promote; as, to foster passion or genius.

FOS'TER, verb intransitive To be nourished or trained up together.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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COBWEBBED, n.

1. In botany, covered with a thick interwoven pubescence.

2. Covered with cobwebs.

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